The leadership legacy of Frances F. Townsend

Frances F. Townsend is the current Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary for Activision Blizzard. Her career spans many years full of experience in many leadership positions. Her career starts with spending 13 years at the U.S. Department of Justice during the administrations of Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. From May 2003 to May 2004 she served as deputy national security advisor for combating terrorism. From 2004 to 2008 she also served as an assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland security and counterterrorism and while also chairing the Homeland Security Council. Her career after Washington then took her to become a corporate partner for Baker Botts LLC. After which she spent 10 years as the Vice Chairman, General Counsel, and Chief Administrative Officer at MacAndrews and Forbes, INC. After her tenure at MacAndrews and Forbes, INC. she started her current position at Activision Blizzard from May 2021 till now. She is also a director on the boards of the companies Chubb and Freeport McMoRan. She has also served previously on the boards of Western Union, Scientific Games, SIGA, and SciPlay.

Along with her extensive career she has been involved in a number of non-profit boards, such as the Council on Foreign Relations, Atlantic Council, International Republican Institute, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she provides extensive knowledge, insight, and advice drawing from her many years of experience in numerous and various senior roles in the U.S. government.

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